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Tory intention to destroy long-gun records could break two laws, says Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says destroying records could contravene 'spirit and letter' of Access to Information law and Library and Archives Canada Act.

Tories now pushing House seats bill, want it passed by Christmas

House Affairs Committee should work overtime to get Fair Representation Bill through Parliament, says Tory MP Scott Reid.

Week Ahead in Parliament

Status of government business

Tory MP Goguen moves motion to end committee hearings on omnibus crime bill

'This puts the mock in democracy,' says NDP MP Jack Harris about the Conservation manoeuvre

Tories to push new seats bill, Wheat Board bill, budget bill through House in five weeks

House Leader Peter Van Loan says he doesn’t expect omnibus crime bill, long-gun registry, and copyright bills to pass before Christmas break.

Status of government business

Feds bring in political loans limits, opposition parties want PM to disclose leadership contributors

PM Stephen Harper and other Tory leadership candidates should say who funded their campaigns before the rules were changed, say opposition MPs.

The Week Ahead in Parliament

Opposition parties expect majority governing Tories to close off debate on House seats bill

What’s the hurry? Opposition parties want to know why the feds are in such a rush to move bills and cut off debate with majority.

Feds poised to bring in new ridings bill, Franks gives thumbs up to boosting Quebec seats

But expert Ned Franks also says the feds should bring the bill in sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the Tories will be accused of gerrymandering seats.

House ready to deal with controversial Copyright Bill

The last time the Copyright Act underwent significant amendments was in 1997.

House seats bill will be introduced, passed before Christmas, say Tories

The legislation will add an expected 30 seats to the current 308 in the House.

Tories use closure to push sweeping budget, omnibus bills through House

NDP and Grits call feds’ use of closure twice in less than two weeks an ‘abuse of Parliamentary process.’

Critics continue to slam feds’ omnibus crime bill

NDP says governing Conservatives playing to their base support on criminal justice reforms.

Tories focus on economy, opposition parties want action

Meanwhile, the NDP say Tories are trying to reverse 40 years of criminal justice system with omnibus crime bill.

Van Loan: economy must be ‘top priority for everyone’ in fall session

New Dems, Libs plan to challenge feds on job creation, crime bill while jockeying to expand political support.

New ridings likely to benefit Conservatives in 2015

Libs, NDP agree more seats are needed for Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., but urge government to respect Quebec’s distinct status within the House.

MPs note 'calm' atmosphere in Tory-majority House, NDP excited by powerful new status, Bloc not missed on committees

NDP says Tory MPs 'came on really strong to establish their primacy,' in the beginning but have since calmed down.

Quebec's claim to 25% of House of Commons seats should be recognized, say experts

The government has to get the new seats law passed by Oct. 19, 2014 in order to be in place for election in Oct. 19, 2015. It's going to be tight.


Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.